Nucleopolyhedrosis Virus of Spodoptera Utura: Influence of Environmental Factors on Efficacy And Improvement for Field Application

Abdul Bakir, Mohammad (2001) Nucleopolyhedrosis Virus of Spodoptera Utura: Influence of Environmental Factors on Efficacy And Improvement for Field Application. PhD thesis, Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.

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Abstract

Chemical pesticides significantly reduce agricultural losses but pose environmental hazards. Their effectiveness are threatened by increasing insect resistance and unwanted destruction of non-target organisms. Nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPVs) are getting wide attention as an alternative and biorational method to control insect pests. In this study, infectivity of a locally isolated NPV to control the polyphagous pest Spodoptera litura (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) was examined. The effects of different environmental factors such as pH, temperature, sunlight and ultraviolet lights (UVA, UV-B and UV-C) on the infectivity of the virus were studied. Capabilities of different materials to protect the virus from deleterious effects of UV and sunlight were evaluated. The virus was formulated with different protectant materials and the effectiveness of different virus formulations at practical field level with single and multiple applications to control S. litura were investigated.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subject:Spodoptera littoralis - Environmantal aspects
Chairman Supervisor:Associate Professor Ahmad Said Sajap, PhD
Call Number:FH 2001 5
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Forestry
ID Code:10041
Deposited By: Mohd Nezeri Mohamad
Deposited On:02 Mar 2011 01:40
Last Modified:05 Sep 2011 08:47

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